Microsoft Made Windows 8.2 Into Windows 10, Leaked Code Suggests
A while back, I was saying that Microsoft wanted to unveil on September 30 Windows 8.2 Update (or Windows 8.1 Update 2, if you want), and it seems that I was right up to a certain point. Here are some more details.
What you’re seeing above is proof that Microsoft actually wanted to call Windows 10 – Windows 8.1 Update 2 or Windows 8.2. Or, if you don’t like how I put it – Microsoft wasn’t actually planning to release Windows 10 so soon.
But Microsoft knew it had made a mistake with Windows 10 by taking away some beloved features from desktop users, such as the start menu. And that’s why it has decided to skip Windows 9 naming and go straight to Windows 10.
What you see above is a leaked screenshot from a Windows developer who said the following on his Twitter account:
“Lmfao, WinThreshold was supposed to be Windows 8.2, now MS simply skipped Windows 9, and made Win8.2 into Windows 10. hehehe!!!”
The guys over at NeoWin, who were the first to report on this, have some more details:
Windows 8.1 update 2 did exist, at least, internally at Microsoft. As you can see in the image above, there is a clear reference to the unreleased update that we likely now call Windows 10. This indicates that, at some point, Microsoft planned to deliver the Start menu to Windows 8 via update 2 but changed their minds and instead decided to include the menu in a brand new OS: Windows 10.
And here’s why this all happened, and it makes sense:
What likely occurred, and this is a bit of educated speculation, is that Microsoft made the decision to move on from Windows 8 as it had not been meeting internal sales expectations. Instead of trying to prolong the life of Windows 8 and make it more attractive to the consumer, they drew the line in the sand and started defining the feature set of Windows 10 that we see today. Besides, it would be a very hard marketing move to say that Windows 8 now has the Start menu that consumers want after trying to educate them that they don’t need it in Windows 8 as the Start screen is better.
So, we can see that the Windows 8.1 update 2 was going to be released at some point but was killed in favor of Windows 10, which indeed makes a lot of sense. Go ahead and download it for yourself if you haven’t done so already.